India’s only individual Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra expects the country to expect its best medal at the upcoming edition of the mega-event to be held in Tokyo, saying that every athlete can be counted as a “realistic” prospect.
India’s best performances at the Games are six medals won in 2012 in London.
“Even though the COVID-19 is challenging due to the epidemic, the Tokyo Olympics could end with our best medal,” Bindra said on Monday during a webinar organized by the Merchants Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“The game is not scripted, but I hope we will come back with our best medals and that means we will come back with 5-6 medals and a better London race, which if I am not wrong, will be our best . ” Added.
Bindra, who created history by winning the country’s first and only individual Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, is optimistic about a strong performance by the Indian shooting squad in the Japanese capital.
“I think they each have the ability to do their best, they have proven themselves over the last two-three years.
“There are definite medal hopes not only in shooting but also in other subjects. We have many people who can expect realistic medals by visiting Tokyo. But a lot depends on that particular day as well.
The former world champion in the 10-meter air rifle, who became an entrepreneur after the 2016 Rio Olympics, said that like sports, adaptability and acceptance also come in business.
“Whenever I am in a crisis situation, whenever I get a challenge, I look at my playing career and ask myself how do I deal with it.
“As an athlete you have to be very adaptable to changing circumstances, these are also very useful in business,” he said while speaking on his transition from an athlete to an entrepreneur.
“The other thing that is very important is acceptance. Sometimes we have to learn how to accept and move forward as soon as possible. As you do that your mind opens up, it opens up to see the solution rather than open it. The mind is very positive. But it is easier said than done.
He also said that the shooting scene has changed a lot since the time he started 22 years ago.
“Shooting now dominates the youth, but when I was growing up, I competed with older and experienced people who were twice or three times my age. I don’t think it was a challenge, but it was an interesting dynamic, “he said, answering a question.
Speaking about the time since his Beijing heroes, when he thought of quitting shooting, Bindra said that meditation helped him regain his focus on the game.
“Post Beijing I wanted to leave. I went for a meditation retreat, a 10-day vipassana where I am meditating 10 hours a day. When I realized that I love this process.
The former shooter, who now runs Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Center (ABTP), was actually boring and mundane, which brought me back into the game again.
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